March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December . . . This year is FLYING BY. Yesterday was a bit of an emotional day for me because December 17th, 2012 was when I first received my AVN diagnosis. There were a few Christmas since then where I felt very hopeless, scared and fearful for the future – but not anymore!!! NOT AFTER THIS YEAR!!!!!
I’ve continued to progress wonderfully. For the first time in 4 years, I can go to yoga and do pretty much everything. Yesterday I was in class and, during our vinyasa flow, we completed a series of balancing poses. Prior to my stem cell procedure, I would have been nervous to attempt them. I’d do the poses on my right side and then would awkwardly stand there, trying to look like I was doing something else, while everybody did the left side. Once I had my Regenexx procedure, I’d attempt to do my left side lightly. I’d put a little more balance on it, hold it for a few seconds and then come out of the pose. But now, I don’t even think twice about what side is which! And oddly enough, to which I don’t understand at all, I actually have better balance on my left leg (the AVN side) than I do with my right leg (my “good” leg). I’m not complaining though!!!!!
In November, I went up to New York City for a National Psoriasis Foundation and Leo Pharmaceuticals blogger summit. My parents ended up going with me and we took a few days to do a bunch of sightseeing. It was a lot of fun, but I can’t lie I was a little nervous because I knew we’d be doing a ton of walking. I took my 1 crutch because I figured it would be good to have some support while I was walking. Well, long story short, the trip was awesome, I walked a ton and my crutch proved to be more annoying than helpful. I felt like I was basically dragging my crutch along, more than it was being supportive. By the end of the day my ankles and lower legs were SUPER swollen, but my knee NEVER HURT. NOT EVEN ONCE. I think the swelling was because 1) my body was like WTF Julie, you haven’t walked this much since like Winter of 2012 and 2) my psoriatic arthritis probably had something to do with it.
Back when I first was diagnosed with AVN, Pittsburgh started to have a little European Christmas Market downtown in Market Square. I had really wanted to go see it, but barely had enough energy to go up a flight of stairs so I didn’t make it down there. The next Christmas, 2013, I was doing a bit better, but still didn’t have the stamina to go down and see it. Last Christmas, I probably could have crutched my way around it, but I didn’t end up going. BUT THIS YEAR, not only did I get to go down and see if, but I WALKED AROUND CRUTCHLESS!!!!
June 2012 one of my best friends got married. It was the first wedding I attended where I couldn’t dance and really enjoy myself. I still had fun, but I wanted to be out on the dance floor. As the years went on, every wedding I’d go to I’d promise myself “Ok, THIS is the last wedding you won’t be able to dance at.” But it always seemed there was another wedding I’d go to and I couldn’t dance…. BUT, this November one of my high school girlfriend got married and guess what. I TOTALLY DANCED AT HER WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best part? The next day my knee wasn’t even sore at all! My hips and feet were sore, but not my knee!
I’m really excited to announce that Regenexx has filmed a short video on me and my recovery. The beginning of December they sent an awesome director, Doug Orchard, out to film me about my knee. It was SO SO SOOOOO much fun. Doug took some amazing shots so I honestly cannot wait to see it. I’m anxiously awaiting it’s release and will absolutely be posting it once it’s finished. So stay tuned!
As the months go by, I get stronger and stronger. I’ve actually started to become accustomed to pain free days (SAY WHAT?!) and am truly working to get my life back. Last year I had my crutches all decked out in Christmas lights (click the picture above, or this link, to be taken to my instagram page to learn more about those!) , but this year I’m happy to report that it’s the first Christmas since 2012 that I’ll happily be WALKING and ROCKING around my Christmas tree 😉
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